the spirit of the times
Stop-motion animation auteurs the Quay Brothers will be at the Modern Museum of Art on August 9th, 2012 (a Thursday) to introduce their film Institute Benjamenta as part of MoMA’s retrospective on the twin brothers (On Deciphering the Pharmacist’s Prescription for Lip-Reading Puppets). They still look mostly like they do in the above photo, but you should see for yourself in person - the Brothers aren’t known for making a lot of public appearances. Click through for more info!
Not far from us (until September 26) is this beautiful piece by NYC-based sculptor Carole Feuerman - a slightly modified version of a sculpture she showed at the Venice Bienniale in 2007.
From the artist’s website:
“Originally, I was going to name the sculpture Serena, after La Serenissima, an island of the city of Venice. However, I decided to title it Survival of Serena,due to my concerns about the serious flood problem this beautiful city has.”
We were shocked and impressed to find that those water droplets are part of the sculpture!
The sculpture has been captivating passersby since its installation on May 20th. Zeitgeist’s Adrian Curry saw Guy Pearce admiring it just last week (no word on whether Pearce was on his way to steal more roles from genuinely old men… [cough] Prometheus [cough]). Stop by and see it in person at Petrosino Square before someone buys it and takes Serena away!
(all photos taken by the author)
This is it, our first special announcement of 2012… we’re VERY proud to present the official U.S. poster for Elena (dir. Andrey Zvyagintsev). It’s by Sam Smith, who you might already know from his many other beautiful and/or hilarious posters, OR from his percussion activities as the drummer for Ben Folds, The Comfies, and My So-Called Band. Busy guy!
As for the film, you can see the trailer if you click through the poster image (after you spend the appropriate 8-11 minutes appreciating how pretty it is, of course).
Elena won Cannes’ Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize last year, and it opens May 16 at Film Forum!
Look at this. No, look at it.
This is the kind of thing that’s been staring us in the face for the past few weeks, due to the thoughtful inundation of holiday sweets our many friends have sent our way. Thank you friends, thank you. We may now be in dire need of a metabolic miracle, but we regret not a single calorie.
Similarly touching (but infinitely more forgiving re: our collective waistline) are these pieces of artwork inspired by Bill Cunningham, subject of the documentary YOU REALLY OUGHT TO (and probably already) HAVE SEEN BY NOW, Bill Cunningham New York. Our resident art and poster guru, Adrian Curry, has been compiling these charming tributes to Bill over the past few months… and now, we share them with you. You’ll be able to click through the photos to each artist’s website where available.
Vanessa Marie Robinson
Jashar Awan for the New Yorker
Jashar Awan for the New Yorker
Suzy Parker for USA Today
Deer Dana (You can get this as a shirt!!)
You can pick up our favorite tribute to Bill Cunningham at our website.
Have a drink (but just one, please - be safe) for us at midnight on New Year’s… and we’ll see you January 2, 2012!
Put those not-long-for-this-world holiday discounts to good use and pick up a copy of Josh and Benny Safdie’s semi-autobiographical Daddy Longlegs, out TODAY for the first time EVER on DVD.
The film follows Lenny during a rare two weeks with his young sons, who spend most of their time with their mother - the evidently polar opposite to Lenny, who takes his sons on chaotic adventures around New York (even upstate!) and in his apartment.
Viewers are unlikely to recognize much of New York in the film - though there is a trip to the Natural History Museum, which troubles Lenny and the boys for days. The film’s take on New York, the way it handles the mood of the city, actually reminds us a little of Downtown 81, shot in 1980/1981 and starring Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Did we mention there’s a DVD release party on December 15? You’re invited!
Peep this great photo (source) from one of our favorite new (as in, new to us) blogs, This Must Be the Place. The photo comes from Peter Greenaway’s The Draughtsman’s Contract, of which Roger Ebert said, “Four Stars! What we have here is a tantalizing puzzle, wrapped in eroticism and presented with the utmost elegance. I have never seen a film quite like it.”
Great news! You can own that puzzling, elegant eroticism (or bless someone else with it) for 40% less than it would normally cost! Aren’t holiday sales just the greatest? Just enter ZG2011HOL at checkout.
Sooooo… there’s this Tumblr where some creative person/people (it’s a mystery!) somehow take each frame from a film and smoosh them all together to make a barcode-like image.
We have no idea how long this takes or if it is fun or artistically rewarding on a personal level, but hey, people seem to like these images.
is from Derek Jarman’s Wittgenstein (1993). Fellow Tumblr-er Opinionsvsthesun had this to say: “I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THIS MOVIE IS, BUT THIS IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BARCODE OF THEM ALL.”
We believe the caps-lock is a result of the Tumblr theme from which we copied and pasted this quote, but doesn’t it just look so passionate like that? IT STAYS.
Our own Adrian Curry happened upon this at the Victoria & Albert Museum last week:
Here’s the actual model itself:
Though Derek Jarman began his career as a set designer, he soon began working in film, eventually directing many features and shorts of his own. The first of his features, Sebastiane (1975) was recorded entirely in Latin - the first film of its kind.
Jarman also collaborated with The Smiths on several occasions, shooting their music video for The Queen is Dead.
One of his most well-known films, Caravaggio (1986),
is full of names you’re sure to know (but maybe wouldn’t have in the year of its release). Robbie “Rubeus Hagrid” Coltrane, Michael “Alfred Pennyworth” Gough, Sean “Winter is coming” Bean, and Tilda “I was totally going to kill my baby brother” Swinton all feature in the film about the (in)famous painter. Coltrane rocks a mustache so curly as to make all of Williamsburg lower its head in shame. And Bean… so young, so blonde! He kind of reminds us of Sting in David Lynch’s Dune (the guiltiest pleasure there is):
As for Caravaggio (the man, not the film) - according to Wikipedia, the dude spent all of his non-painting hours brawling. In 1606, the incorrigible brawler actually killed another man… which makes it all the more disappointing to find out that he died of fever at the age of 38 (no doubt regretting he hadn’t brawled more).
Jarman’s version of Caravaggio is pretty true to this character, wielding knives on several occasions throughout the film (see above photo).
Whatever you do, please keep the brawling to a minimum.
Some people in the Zeitgeist office escaped from their desks long enough to see Almodóvar’s newest flick, La Piel Que Habito (The Skin I Live In), this past week… and were pleasantly surprised to see part of this clip from Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine (as well as other images of Bourgeois’ work) featured in the film!
According to Wikipedia, Louise Bourgeois is “recognized today as the founder of confessional art.” Her sculptures are fascinating depictions of the betrayal and distress she felt upon discovering that her father was having an affair with Bourgeois’ English governess. Just as fascinating as the work itself is watching the filmmakers (Marion Cajori and Amei Wallach) of the Louise Bourgeois documentary coax her to speak about her work and herself.
Bourgeois certainly had a lot to say; just not so much about herself. We picked out some of our favorite quotes from the film (The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine, not La Piel Que Habito):
“This desire to be likable, it is really a pain in the neck. How are you going to be yourself and be likable?”
“The purpose of sculpture is really self-knowledge.”
“A lot of people are so obsessed by the past that they die of it.”
Cited as a major source of inspiration for many of today’s most well-known sculptors and artists (she was the first woman to receive a major retrospective at MoMA), Louise Bourgeois passed away just last year - she was almost 99. Before she died, she also became an advocate for the LGBT equality movement. We like this quote from her: “Everyone should have the right to marry. To make a commitment to love someone forever is a beautiful thing.”
Almodóvar’s work is more about obsession than love (please let’s not argue about this), but for a deeper understanding of his latest, definitely give Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine a look.
We couldn’t help but notice the (definitely, definitely coincidental) similarity between the new poster for the Grand Prix bio-doc Senna and our own 2010 poster for Laura Poitras’s The Oath, a documentary about Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard. The tagline structures match up nicely, too!
(or maybe just a hair behind them) We’ve joined Tumblr! Which you can see! Because you’re here!
When you’re not busy reading filmmaker profiles and buying DVDs over at the official Zeitgeist Films website, check back here for interviews, photos, behind-the-scenes content, and links to what’s going on in the independent film community. We promise it’ll be fun. Unless it’s not fun on purpose.
When you’re not busy reading filmmaker profiles and buying DVDs over at the official Zeitgeist Films website, check back here for interviews, photos, behind-the-scenes content, and links to what’s going on in the independent film community.
We promise it’ll be fun. Unless it’s not fun on purpose.